Round Spring and Round Spring Cave

Round Spring Cave formations of brown and white
Round Spring Cave is home to amazing formations and cave life.

Patty Wheatley-Bishop

The Round Spring area is home to a family campground, a picnic area, a tour cave and the spring from which it takes its name. Round Spring was a Missouri State Park from 1924 until 1970 when the people of Missouri donated it to the National Park Service.

ROUND SPRING CAVE - Park Rangers conduct two hour lantern tours for the public of this beautiful natural cavern. These somewhat strenuous "underground hikes" are limited to the first 15 people. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a jacket or sweater, as it is cool in the cave. Tours are offered daily, at 10:00, noon and 2:00, during the summer months.

ADVISORY: To help control the spread of White Nose Syndrome, a disease that is killing bats but is harmless to people, please do NOT wear or bring anything into the cave that you have taken into other caves. This includes cameras, belts, footwear, etc. Thank you.

Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children age 12 and under. Tickets go on sale 30 minutes before each tour and there are no reservations. (Cave tickets can only be purchased with cash only and change can not be made).

School groups (only) may make special arrangements for an educational tour by calling 573-323-4236. Educational tours are only available in May.

A virtual cave tour video of Round Spring Cave is also available online.

ROUND SPRING - The spring itself is some 55 feet deep, rising in a nearly circular pool of water before flowing under a natural bridge to join the Current River. On an average day, some 26 million gallons of water flow from the spring. At quiet times, otters, wood ducks and great blue herons may be seen in the spring. People however, are prohibited from swimming or wading in it. You may visit and enjoy the wheelchair accessible paved trail around the spring at any time.

CAMPING -Campsites at Round Spring are suitable for tents or RVs. There are a small number of electric hook-up sites, but no water hook-ups.A dump station is available. Reservations are recommended during the warmer months; or call 877-444-6777. Park Rangers present campfire programs in the campground amphitheater every Friday and Saturday evening at 8:30 pm during the summer months.

PICNIC AREA - Tables with grills are located around the spring. There are two shelters, the one closest to the parking lot may be reserved by visiting or by calling 877-444-6777. The other,older shelter is on a first come, first served basis.

Last updated: December 22, 2023

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 490
Van Buren, MO 63965


(573) 323-4236
Call (573) 323-4236 for Big Spring Entrance Station, located south of Van Buren, MO. Call (573) 226-3945 for the Alley Spring General Store, located west of Eminence, MO. Call (573) 858-3297 for Round Spring Ranger Station, located north of Eminence, MO.

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